CPAC president says PBS should be reimbursed for having 'Sesame Street' an Asian-American muppet | MCU Times

CPAC president says PBS should be reimbursed for having ‘Sesame Street’ an Asian-American muppet

Ernie with the latest “Sesame Street” member, Ji-Young.Noreen Nasir / AP

  • Conservative activist Matt Schlapp criticized Sesame St for introducing an Asian-American muppet.

  • “What race is Ernie, is Bert? You’re crazy PBS, and we should stop funding you,” Schlapp tweeted.

  • Conservatives have in recent weeks accused the Muppets of being propaganda mouthpieces.

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the influential Conservative Political Action Conference, called for “Sesame Street” producer PBS to be defined over the introduction of an Asian-American character to the children’s show.

In a tweet Tuesday, Schlapp criticized the show after it announced that Ji-Young, its first Asian-American muppet ever, would join the cast.

Schlapp linked to an Associated Press report in which producers said they hoped the new character would help stem growing anti-Asian-American prejudice in the United States.

“What race is Ernie, is Bert? You’re crazy PBS, and we should stop funding you,” Schlapp wrote.

“Sesame Street” has in recent weeks become a new front in the cultural wars raging between conservatives and liberals in the United States.

Conservatives, including Senator Ted Cruz, criticized the character Big Bird, after his official account tweeted that he had been given a COVID vaccine.

The message came not long after the CDC approved the shot for children ages 5-11 and appeared to be designed to reassure children of getting their shot.

Republicans, however, accused Big Bird of being used as part of an attempt to indoctrinate children to take vaccines. The attack caused President Joe Biden to jump to the Big Birds defense.

PBS receives some public funds, but also receives significant revenue from private donations and grants.

It has been showing “Sesame Street” since its first episode in 1970. The show has long been used to promote messages of health, respect and inclusion.

Since the earliest days, PBS has been accused of liberal bias by conservatives, with President Richard Nixon criticizing public broadcasting during his presidency, and many conservatives since following suit.

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